The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently named Bacolod as a business-friendly local government unit under City Level 1 category. The citation, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, will help Bacolod attract more investors.

BACOLOD City – The Regional Development Council (RDC) approved P667-million worth of proposed tourism infrastructure projects of the city government.

The highest planning and policymaking body in Western Visayas held its second quarter regular meeting at Seda Capitol Central hotel yesterday.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said the proposed projects and their corresponding estimated costs were:

* reconstruction / improvement of access road leading to declared tourist destinations on Araneta Street leading to Palmas Del Mar Resort – P70 million

* reconstruction / improvement of access roads leading to declared tourist destinations on B.S. Aquino Drive leading to Murcia, Negros Occidental proper and Mambukal Resort – P347 million

* reconstruction / improvement of access road leading to declared tourist destinations on Narra Street leading to Sta. Fe resort – P140 million

* construction / improvement of road in Arceo-Alegria leading to Murcia proper / gateway to various mountain resorts – P110 million

“The Department of Tourism and the Department of Public Works and Highways are mandated to provide support to local government units in terms of road access to potential tourist destinations … that [are] expected to contribute to the economy” of the concerned local government, read part of the RDC’s Resolution No. 7, series of 2018 pertaining to the proposed projects.

The RDC will endorse the proposed projects to the regional office of the Tourism department for inclusion to the agency’s 2019 budget, said City Planning and Development Office head Mary Jean Ramos.

“With the identified areas as emerging ecotourism sites in the provinces and the improvement of access roads leading to them, tourism-related activities are expected to be intensified [and] result to more economic activities that will benefit the people in the area,” the resolution read./PN

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